* Posts by MrT

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Trump inauguration DDoS protest is 'illegal', warn securobods

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Isn't Whitehouse.gov one of the places someone might legitimately go to to find out about the POTUS, especially on inauguration day?

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Britain collects new naval tanker a mere 18 months late

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Sounds like a job...

...for Colin Furze

I had in mind something like the dancing water jets from places like EPCOT, with the final leap into the Range Rover filler neck...

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

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Norrin Radd...

It's the Silver Surfer whipping up a decent curl without risking dinging his board dodging Barneys...

"You've shown me that we make wider ripples in the celestial ocean than we know."

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Smart bombs, smart bullets – now guided smart artillery shells, thanks to DARPA dosh

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MAD-FIRES

Is Alfred E. Neuman now running the show...?

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Happy birthday: Jimbo Wales' sweet 16 Wikipedia fails

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David Ike...

... I'd forgotten about that. Hang on whilst I just nip over there and redefine turquoise as the Holy Colour and add a few 'facts' about lizards... ;-)

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Are they not asking for donations...

...to the Wikipedia Knowledge Management Trust? I'm surprised the bannerbegs haven't been on the site for a while now...

"If Wikipedia is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today."

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

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"Apple sent us a statement:"

What? I thought that was the story here... All that stuff about money is just padding :-D

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RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

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Re: RIP

Brilliant documentary - just watching it now on Netflix...

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Ex terra, per ardua, ad luna et astra. RIP.

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Microsoft Germany says Windows 7 already unfit for business users

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Re: FUD, FUD

Schnitzengruben, you say? Sorry, 15's my limit... (~1:30)

Where's the vitamin E at?

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Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'

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Angel

COFFEEEEE!!!!!

I'll sleep when I'm dead...

Oh, right - well, that just means time for more COFFEEEE!!!!

{GOTO line 1}

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AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs, says HPE CEO Whitman

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Get back in line, Meg...

... this sounds like just another rehash 'me too' sort of blurt. My backside is aching just imagining having to sit through that seminar...

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Revealed: How Nvidia's 'backseat driver' AI learned to read lips

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Let's hope it's not too connected...

Backseat passengers mouthing "Tesla, please get me an Amazon Echo ... Yes", or just using sign language...

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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Re: Well done SpaceX

I thought at first that was part of the fairing shape around the legs, but then looked again at different angles and reckoned it was the camera lens combined with looking down a very long cylinder that's visually foreshortened. Then I look more, change my mind again and decide it's a combination of these two...

On the two different side view angles at the end, the first looks curved because of the landing burn scorch marks and the unmarked shapes uncovered by the landing legs, but the later silhouetted view shows it straight.

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Re: Report errors...

Normally I comment using my phone on the mobile site, which makes it even more fun adding in hypertext elements. It doesn't show stuff like the post icons (either to add them, or those that people have chosen and then referred to "Like this ----->" as part of their message). If I do muck something up I have to switch about to the desktop version to get the 10-minute edit window too. There's probably an app or something, and hopefully a redevelopment of the system in the pipeline someday soon...

I've been contributing on this site for just over 9 years, read it for a lot longer, but not yet got to Silver (only about 60 upvotes to go). The bronze badge has vanished a few times before, but reappears when the total passes the 100 posts per year lower limit. Silver builds on that and needs 2,000 upvotes. There are only a very few worthy gold badge holders (10 when the system was first introduced 4-or-so years ago) - not sure how many now, but Lester needs his posthumous one at the very least.

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Report errors...

Depends what version of the site you're using - there are very few extras on the mobile web version, including the "Tips and corrections" link at the bottom of the articles. Unless you know it exists on the full version, and then click on the "Change to Desktop edition" link first, that won't be obvious.

Plus we need to keep up our post count, otherwise our badges disappear (like mine has at some point over the Christmas/New Year break) ;-)

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Re: Well done SpaceX

There's also a regular-speed version with commentary on YouTube - the SpaceX team certainly don't seem to be bored by it yet!!

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

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I'm with you on that - my current car is an early 2006 model, this laptop is a late 2006 model, both bought new with me as the only owner. Basically, do the research, buy the right model/spec in the first place, look after it properly and it'll carry on working for years.

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Component sales

That's a good point - I take it that these figures are for complete, new desktop-class PCs. Anyone building their own from scratch using a series of separately-purchased components wouldn't be included.

Are there sales data for different classes of upgrades, such as might be applied to existing PCs that are doing well enough to keep? Things like RAM upgrades, graphics cards and fixed storage - the sort of thing that might be applied once or twice across a PC lifetime...

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Security hardened, pah! Expert doubts Kaymera's mighty Google's Pixel

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"we leverage the existing functionality"

Oh dear, looks like somebody's been to a business idea meeting...

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Reg straps on goggles from upstart that wants to 'democratize' VR

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Charlie Brooker's...

.Black Mirror series had an episode focussing on VR/AR called "Playtest". In fact, all three series are well worth a watch. Most of the reviews for Playtest go on about how 'this is the future of gaming', which verges on clickbait tag-lining, but it does cram in a lot of easter egg references to current games, as well as nods to The Thing, The Matrix and so on. It does raise the question about where neural interface technologies such as DARPA's RE-NET project will end up...

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Putting the 'Port' in Portal: Old-school fan brings game to Apple II

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Re: This is a triumph...

Yeah, very well done!

The article says you've a "souped-up" ][e - is it just a stock late-model? I read the FAQ on the linked site but couldn't see if you've added any further upgrades.

I used to write for the Sinclair QL - roughly similar in basic spec (MC68008 CPU though). I often found that it wasn't so much the BASIC code (even when compiled to machine code or Q-code) but the data arrays when running that forced at least a small RAM upgrade above the standard 128kB - most users went with 256, 512 or 768kB expansion cards with varying additional features any way, so it wasn't too limiting to expect extra RAM to be available.

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S Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Samsung heir apparent

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Late-breaking news: Defence team to be headed up by Lionel Hutz

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Tech moguls dominate Oxfam's rich people Hateful 8

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"The Wages of Humanity"

Cixin Liu wrote a short story about 10 years ago which worked on the premsie that gradually fewer and fewer individuals owned more and more of the wealth of the planet, Eventually, one person owned 99% of the wealth, including property and so on, with the rest of society divvying up the remaining 1%, right down to the air they breathed. Everyone else lived in sealed buildings, with life support systems that recycled everything, and had to pay for the right to step outside. Kind of a reverse gated community.

Reductio ad absurdum, maybe, but a good read.

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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Re: Unblocking...?

Oops - thanks. The old remote answerphone service was 1571 :-)

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Re: How much to review your spam call messages?

They currently charge for their 'Choose to Refuse' number-blocking add-on, (or include it free in the premium line rental - IIRC it's about £4 as an extra and only holds 10 numbers). I'll bet that they won't be calling customers of that service to tell them that they can save a few quid...

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Unblocking...?

On the face of it, this seems a good idea, but there will also have to be a procedure for unblocking a phone number that makes it back from a personal list to the central one. This means that there'll be some sort of appeals process, with maybe a timescale before the block is in place on the central list.

BT no longer have a block of numbers for Residential customers and a different block for Business customers (IIRC this ceased to be the case some time around 2011, apparently due to telecoms deregulation). When I last moved house, the number that was allocated formerly belonged to a tyre fitters - for a year I would get calls from HMRC, debt recovery companies, car leasing firms and various others chasing the former owners. Clearly they were not a very reputable company (towards the end, at least) and one might imagine that they could have been added to personal blacklists by some customers.

In the new 1571 blacklist, I'd hope that the processes around reallocating a dormant/abandoned number would also trigger a reset of any existing blocks on that number, especially given the rate at which scammers use almost disposable mobile numbers and suchlike these days.

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Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

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"Try the smaller sites."

Absolutely - Plenty of times I've ended up paying more than the delivery charge less than the Amazon listing, and many of the retailers I've used offer discounts to go direct and avoid going through their own Amazon storefront.

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McDonald's forget hash, browns off security experts

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Re: They wanted to hash the passwords really

Collect one sticker from each hack and by the time you have six you can get a seventh hack for free...

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Brilliant phishing attack probes sent mail, sends fake attachments

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Re: can be saved by two factor authentication

Sadly, others who have your number could already unknowingly have given it to Google by all sorts of ways, who then link it back to you via metadata...

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Samsung fans flames of burning Galaxy Note 7 mystery

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Cost cutting/profit gouging seems equally likely. Keep shaving a few pennies off here and there, then marginal gains start to add up, until the impact on the item shifts from the margins to something more central whilst folk were not looking, distracted by the money.

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Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password

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Re: 12345?

"Smoke 'em if you've got 'em

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Flight 666 lands safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

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Re: And so?

The flight scheduling software still works as planned... ;-)

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Re: Was there anything on the wing of the plane perchance?

Passing by "Horror at 37,000 feet" on the way...

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Vinyl and streaming sales offset CD decline in UK music sales

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Interesting timeframe...

... as I recall, 25 years ago places like HMV were basically having fire sales of vinyl, clearing the shelves to make space for CDs. I bought more than a few LPs for a couple of quid each at that time. It was nice to walk into a store with £20 and come out with a pile of records (INXS, diVinyls, etc.).

Declining stock, shifted cheaply, then for years a near-absence of vinyl in the big-name stores, so it's not really surprise that things have improved since that low point - only a short time before then it seemed it was the law that every CD system came with a free copy of Brothers in Arms in an effort to shift stock.

My 1991 Pioneer separates system turntable still works fine, even on the original drive belt (though it is a bit slack and ought to be replaced). MrsT's vinyl collection includes a lot of unusual titles that I'm sure would be possible to find in other formats, just not as visual as coloured/picture disks.

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Not just a sayer...

...but a doer too - this is sad news. Lester wrote from life and brought experience to play, and was not just content to be a mouthpiece. Right up there IMHO with guys like Tony Tyler, who also had a wide range of skills (and not just his Macbiter persona), and Mel Croucher, who continues on in that same tradition. I enjoyed reading of Lester's antics and his articles over the years on El Reg as much as I enjoy reading work by writers in Private Eye, for example.

He will be sadly missed. My condolences go to his family.

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Re: Hoodies playing chicken...?

Citations? It was from when the web was a baby, well over 20 years ago in the early 90's so web footprints will be tiny at best. Yorkshire Evening Post covered it though, including the story about the elderly couple. The crossing was on Chapeltown Road at the end of Harehills Avenue, coincidentally not far from the park where Sutcliffe left one of his victims. It had been an interesting place for years before, and I used to regularly drive down that route in the 80's on the way to LCB and the Poly.

I used to live over in Oakwood, had a few friends in West Yorkshire Police, and worked for one branch of the city council. Hyde Park was also a hotspot for that kind of thing, including one incident where my wife's boss, who was relieved in '97/'98 of his car, wallet and cash from an ATM as he stopped to go to the bank - forced at knifepoint to drive his own car well outside the city before he was dumped out as the thieves made off.

It's been an interesting life.

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Re: Hoodies playing chicken...?

You are quite right - by the time I realised the typo, the edit window had closed. For some reason, Deathchase was in the swype autocorrect...

Was the movie one of Stallone's best roles? Was the hospital scene just comedy? Was it just a watermelon that got driven over because the SFX budget was blown sticking spikes on a Ferrari?

The modern version ruined it... ;-)

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Hoodies playing chicken...?

There was one Zebra crossing in the Chapeltown area of Leeds where car-jacking was common (typically of cars with single young and/or female drivers, but I recall one report involving an elderly couple). One guy would walk out on the crossing in front, then the least done was bags from passenger seats nicked through an open window or by opening the passenger door, but the one with the elderly couple was where two guys jumped in the back seats when the car stopped, forced the driver down a side road before ejecting driver and passenger out of the car and making off with it. In other countries the outcome might be more lethal.

It wasn't the only place that this sort of thing happened, and part of the the response was to adapt the tech that created the situation. Drive-off auto-locking became popular in cars that had central locking fitted, and the Chapeltown crossing was altered to a Pelican one that changed the priorities. However, if self-driving cars are set to automatically stop for pedestrians straying in front of them, then any suitable spot could become that Zebra crossing.

Obviously we can't have cars just mowing down peds all the time and never stopping - some places might be bad, but it's not quite got to the original Deathchase 2000 - so what's the tech response? Especially in cars like the Merc F 015 concept and the Google pod where the driver is the car.

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

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Re: so the best candidates for a flight to Mars

ESA is one step ahead of you there - they've just successfully tested a suitable landing procedure...

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Re: Bah!

They both need a rethink - NASA likes nice acronyms, but SPAS-ASCL and SPAH-RAWG sound more like parts codes for a drinks dispenser. The key thing is that the acronym makes more sense as an acronym than as the full title, which normally ends up with random words added to make the acronym work. Something like Stevie's Patented Injury-Neutralising Astronaut Lifesuit - Terrestrial Acclimatising Polyamide...

Still, as far as past references, at least there's the Atomic Wedgie, which has the added bonus word 'Atomic' in it, and could easily be made in a UFO-spec purple/silver foil combo. And maybe spinning somone around in that will help their spine, although could also hinder other aspects of their anatomy.

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Outlook-on-Android alternative 'Nine' leaked Exchange Server creds

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Re: Terrible

I bought Nine earlier this year when Google knacked up the Exchange Services doohickey in Android 6, binning the phone contacts and stopping that well-know third-party email app 'Gmail' from collecting Outlook365 mail. The handset goes on WiFi at work or at home, everywhere else is on 4G (no coffeshops). It is the best mobile email client I've used - the developer seems responsive, the new calendar widget works well, and there's just the Gmail access which Google blocked a while back which stops me merging everything into it.

It might not be the best choice out there, but I don't often pay for apps like that - it impressed me enough to shell out the $9.99 back when that still meant about £6.50 ;-)

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Bloke gets six years in slammer after fessing up to £4.75m tax scam

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Wow, Six years...?

Shows where "the system" has its values. It's a fair wedge, admittedly, but it's not as if this guy ran a couple of 'virtual presence' mail forwarding addresses in posh bits of London, run by shell companies in various trading partners names, each buying off the other, charging real people for the privilege, yet hiding in another barely related address well away from things, and then running a copyright trolling business on the side that caused very real distress to ordinary people by demanding money with spurious threats of legal action, before stamping on an innocent Uber driver's face in a drunken rage outside an exclusive members-only club that had refused him entry, and then only getting 20 measly weeks in clink, whilst crying on about how that would ruin his life and all those that worked for him.

Money before people. Yeah, swapping those sentences over would seem more like justice.

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Erm, it's a bit high on this horse - can anyone give me a hand down...?

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How to steal the mind of an AI: Machine-learning models vulnerable to reverse engineering

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Re: Unless...

... the AI reaches Transcendence. And looks like Johnny Depp.

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Re: Sounds like a complete prick

"This will destroy my life, I am the director of a company and everyone would lose their jobs. We have 1,000 clients, we have staff all around the country, and it would die." Robert Croucher, MD

Sir, you are certainly a shining wit...

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iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

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"Mark Hung, a Gartner research veep..."

Ah, the importance of punctuation. At first glance it looked like Garner's HR department had instigated a new way of letting staff go. Either that, or the revolution had arrived and marketing was next in line...

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Luxe cable crimper

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The Gillette moment...

If they can develop a system that simplifies the more fiddly job of wiring up the sockets (wall mount, patch panels, etc.), once that's been learnt, the simpler job of wiring the plugs might as well follow the same method. I'm not sure it would win the other way round.

Overall, it looks a neat solution. However, it's another set of connectors in each end of the cable. Something else to check if there's a signal dropout...

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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"New Armstrong"...

... that's stretching things...

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After all, he first flew as an astronaut around 4 years after John Glenn.

Bezos may save that moniker for his first off-planet landing and return though. Or if he can get a flying bedstead into orbit.

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Self-stocking internet fridge faces a delivery come down

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"the overnight burglar alarm"

Must. Stop. Scan reading.

At first glance, I thought it very clever that the gym would have an overweight burglar alarm... "Your BMI is in excess of 30. Please do a five minute warm-up on the exercise cycles before attempting to steal the exercise cycles..."

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